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TIFF 2014 Insider’s Guide: Where to Eat, Drink and Party

A highly discerning look at the festival’s hottest hot spots

TIFF 2014: Where to Eat, Drink and Party

The Chase (Image: Dave Gillespie)

Where everything sparkles

The Chase
10 Temperance St., 647-348-7000
The glitzy surf-and-turf room on Temperance Street serves up expense account dining at its finest. Last year, at the after-party for Enemy, Jake Gyllenhaal and Alyssa Miller were holed up in a booth with a view on the fifth-floor terrace, and Isabella Rossellini hung out nearby, laughing with friends, while director Denis Villeneuve schmoozed with Dallas Buyers Club director (and fellow French Canadian) Jean-Marc Vallée.

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TIFF Party: Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple hug it out at the Horns Soho House bash

TIFF Red Carpet: Horns

Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe may well have been wearing a cloak of invisibility for how often he was spotted at the after-party for his supernatural flick Horns. Though the diminutive star posed for the obligatory photo ops, he also disappeared frequently during the two-hour bash at Grey Goose Soho House. One theory: since the club’s patio is located on Simcoe in full view of autograph seekers, rumour has it that stars needing fresh air are being whisked away to a hidden area away from prying eyes. Conversely, Radcliffe’s co-star Juno Temple, clad in black and toting a covetable sequinned clutch, did hit the streetfront terrace for a chat about poetry with a colleague. We suppose the hordes of gawking muggles don’t bother her as much.

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TIFF Party: Benedict Cumberbatch eyeballs a moose and Michael Fassbender slow-dances to R. Kelly

TIFF Party: The Fifth Estate

Michael Fassbender is a dancing machine. The 12 Years A Slave star strolled into Grey Goose’s party at Soho House just around midnight yesterday, greeting Tom Welling and Colin Hanks, who are both in town for the red carpet presentation of their new film Parkland, and making nice with other guests over a cup of coffee at the bar. Then he hit the dance floor. Hard.

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Five things you didn’t know about Nina Dobrev, the star of the teen fangst phenomenon The Vampire Diaries

The Perks of Being Nina: Nina Dobrev The Vampire Diaries

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1. She’s a little rusty on her hometown hot spots
“I realized how much I missed Toronto when I came to TIFF for The Perks of Being a Wallflower last September. The whole cast kept saying, ‘You’re the Toronto girl—show us around!’ I didn’t know if everything I loved was still here. I mean, the Drake Hotel used to be cool—is it still? So it was exciting to rediscover the city. Soho House is incredible. And I had a great time going to Spin with a bunch of friends and playing ping-pong all night.”

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Five exclusive Toronto spots ideal for landing a top-notch client

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1. Soho House

Just getting inside this new private members’ club is sure to impress the person on the other end of your handshake. A corner table is the ideal spot for clandestine negotiations over a couple of Soho Mules ($12), made with vodka, lime juice, ginger syrup and soda. 192 Adelaide St. W., 416-599-7646.

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The insider dish on Soho House: who made the cut and who didn’t at the city’s new, exclusive private club

Soho House, the exclusive London-based members’ club, has gambled $8 million on a Simcoe Street outpost that’s the surest place in Toronto to bump into celebs

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On Wednesday, July 25, a group of 30 people gathered for a secret meeting in the boardroom of a nondescript office building on Adelaide West. Among them were the heiress Trinity Jackman, indie record exec Jeff Remedios, TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey, interior designer Anwar Mukhayesh, Sony Music president Shane Carter and the society queen bee Ashleigh Dempster. Together they represented a cross-section of the city’s new establishment—a group that had been carefully corralled by the organizers of the London-based Soho House to help decide who deserved to be a founding member of the private club’s new Toronto outpost.

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Party Pages: Opera supporters dance to Nelly Furtado and The Arkells at this year’s Operanation gala

Operanation, the annual party to benefit the Canadian Opera Company, is always one of the year’s biggest fetes (not least in terms of space—the party spans three floors of the Four Seasons Centre). This year, the main draws were musical guests Nelly Furtado and The Arkells, both accompanied by singers from the Opera Company. Before the performance, we spoke with Gabrielle Miller, everyone’s favourite Corner Gas star, about hopping between Canada and the U.S.—the actress is now multinational, having just starred in Psycho Therapy in New York. (The Vancouver native also touched on West Coast versus Ontario rivalries, joking that “the only people who rag on Toronto are the ones who haven’t visited it yet.”)

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TIFF Roundup: the winners and losers from this year’s fest

Make no mistake: While the TIFF red carpet is all air kisses and man-hugs, the festival is also a competition—for distribution deals, media attention and precious, precious Oscar buzz. Below, the winners and the losers in the hunger games that were TIFF 2012:

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VIDEO: Watch Toronto Life’s online editor talk star-spotting and celebrity gossip at TIFF 2012

Our online editor Andrew Wallace appeared on Global’s The Morning Show bright and early yesterday morning to talk all things TIFF, offering intel on the latest celebrity sightings and dishing on all the news from the ultra-exclusive, star-studded social club Soho House. Check out the clip for more!

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TIFF PARTY: The cult of Weinstein on Day Four at Soho House

TIFF PARTY: Soho House

When you’re this big, they call you Weinstein (and no, that’s not a fat joke). Harvey Weinstein, former head of Miramax and likely the most powerful man at TIFF, held court (once again) on Sunday night at the celebrity hotspot for this year’s festival. Having spied on him for three days now, we can report what might be our favourite TIFF ritual: the deferential Weinstein greeting. Read on for the scoop in our fourth series of dispatches from Soho House.

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TIFF WEEKEND ROUNDUP: The five hottest parties from the festival’s first few nights

Movie debuts and closed-door distribution deals may be the driving forces behind the Toronto International Film Festival, but it’s the late-night soirées and off-hours socializing that we really wait to see every September. From cute celebrity couples cooing in the corner to a private rendezvous between Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart to the hot mess that was the Spring Breakers post-premiere party, TIFF is just as much about nonstop star-studded gloss as it is about the, you know, films. With that in mind, we offer a quick roundup of some of the best bashes from the film fest’s opening weekend.

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TIFF WEEKEND ROUNDUP: The celeb sightings, best fashion and gossip

The new king of TIFF? (George Pimentel/Getty Images Entertainment)

There’s more to TIFF than just red carpets and parties. There’s also shameless celeb gawking and stalking, glamorous gowns and little tidbits of gossip that occasionally slip out at parties. Here’s a roundup of some of our favourite moments from the first weekend:

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QUOTED: Billy Connolly talks adult diapers at Soho House

Now they throw Depends.

Billy Connolly, 69, on what his aging female fans like to throw on stage these days.

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TIFF PARTY: Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart hang out in the ultimate tweenage fantasy at Soho House

TIFF PARTY: Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart hang out in the ultimate tweenage fantasy at Soho House

The party gods smiled on Soho House again last night, which is not at all surprising at this point (though we suspect they’ll get some competition for the most star-powered soirée tonight from the CAA party in Liberty Village). Those of us keeping a celebrity score card were able to tick off Kristen Stewart, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Emma Watson, Emily Blunt, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Alexander Skarsgard, Andy Samburg and Woody Harrelson. The biggest goss of the night, though, was the clandestine Twilight/Hunger Games rendezvous (who knew Bella and Katniss were buds?). Read on for the scoop—in our third set of dispatches from Soho House.

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TIFF PARTY: Christina Hendricks and Elle Fanning catch up like schoolgirls at the Ginger and Rosa after-party

Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Alessandro Nivola and Christina Hendricks (Image: Lu Chau/Photoganist)

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars buzzed around the Entertainment District on Friday night, promoting nine star-studded films being screened on day two of the Toronto International Film Festival. On the corner of Duncan and Pearl, a small crowd of mainly curious bar-hoppers loitered by two red carpets set up on each side of Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji’s newest venue, the AMC Storys—the location of last year’s hyped Soho House pop-up club. Still, it was after midnight before the stars started to show for the Ginger and Rosa post-premiere party.

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